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Citizen scientists help capture wild mammals on camera

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Citizen scientists help capture wild mammals on camera

At the ‘Ecology Across Borders’ conference in Ghent, Belgium this week, researchers will share their experience of working with members of the public to create a network of motion-sensing camera traps for wildlife monitoring.

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Show me your leaves - Health check for urban trees

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Show me your leaves - Health check for urban trees

This week at the ‘Ecology Across Borders’ conference in Ghent, Belgium researchers from KU Leuven will present a fast, cost-efficient and objective method to map, evaluate and monitor the health of urban trees.

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Making ‘green Brexit’ work for agriculture and the environment

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Making ‘green Brexit’ work for agriculture and the environment

Post-Brexit policy should carry out a root-and-branch reform to better address the specific needs of the UK’s farming and food sectors whilst protecting the countryside.

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Physical contact may be good for your health, according to new research

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Physical contact may be good for your health, according to new research

Red-bellied lemurs maintain gut health through touching and ‘huddling’ each other, a new study published in Journal of Animal Ecology shows.

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Capturing Ecology - Winners of British Ecological Society photography competition announced

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Capturing Ecology - Winners of British Ecological Society photography competition announced

The BES has revealed the winners of its annual photography competition ‘Capturing Ecology’.

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Glimmers of hope for the oceans

Glimmers of hope for the oceans

Dr Sylvia Earle outlined her hopes for the future of the ocean at the NHM

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Higher plant species richness may not be enough to protect ecosystems from the worst impacts of climate extremes

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Higher plant species richness may not be enough to protect ecosystems from the worst impacts of climate extremes

Higher plant species richness is not always sufficient to reduce ecosystem vulnerability to climate extremes.

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Study finds ways to avoid hidden dangers of accumulated stresses on seagrass

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Study finds ways to avoid hidden dangers of accumulated stresses on seagrass

A new study has found ways to detect hidden dangers of repeated stresses on seagrass using statistical modelling.

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Bridging the science-policy interface in Wales

Bridging the science-policy interface in Wales

Inaugural meeting of the BES Wales Policy Group

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Understanding the science-policy interface in Scotland

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Understanding the science-policy interface in Scotland

Read Emily Schofield's highlights from attending the Scottish Policy Group's Policy Training workshop in Stirling

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Climate change impacts human health

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Climate change impacts human health

Dr Samuel Myers outlined devastating impacts of climate change on human health

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It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree

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It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree

With all the discussion about global climate change effects, new research shows that another kind of climate is an important factor in regional pinyon pine tree recovery after drought events – the microclimate.

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The Eeyore of Pessimism or the Lion’s Roar of Optimism? Options for Agri-environment schemes post Brexit.

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The Eeyore of Pessimism or the Lion’s Roar of Optimism? Options for Agri-environment schemes post Brexit.

Read Ruth Mitchell's account of the Scottish Policy Group's October 2017 Pie And A Pint evening that looked at the future of agri-environment schemes in Scotland post Brexit.

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2017 book prize awarded to behavioural ecologist Professor Tim Clutton-Brock

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2017 book prize awarded to behavioural ecologist Professor Tim Clutton-Brock

Our annual Marsh Book of the Year Award has been given to Professor Tim Clutton-Brock from Cambridge’s Zoology Department, recognising his book Mammal Societies for its influence on the science and application of ecology.

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Animation meets biology - Shedding new light on animal behaviour

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Animation meets biology - Shedding new light on animal behaviour

For the first time, digital animation has been used as a research tool to examine how the effectiveness of a lizard’s territorial display varies across ecological environments and conditions.

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